My only concern is Allegri is waiting for Man Utd or even Barca/Real and the same with Poch. So we might end up with Carlo.
Pioli has made progress and that's clear, but it is hard to imagine he can/will lead us to CL this year or next.
True. Unless Pioli really underwhelms here, I wouldn't be opposed to continuing with him, assuming a top tier manager isn't feasible. Everywhere Pioli's been, he's never really been given the chance to succeed. A lot of the clubs he's been at were selling clubs, too. I think he'd probably do well if he's given a progressively better squad, because so far, he has shown himself to be an astute tactician who is willing to bench players/change systems in order to get results. I really appreciate this, even if the changes so far have been mixed. If something's not working, he'll change it. I like that a lot. It's something that our past managers never quite figured out.
Ibra can hopefully put his foot up the asses of Suso, Hakan +Kessie . He won't tolerate there hot and cold performances.
The sentimental side of me would like to see TS come back with Ibra- the irony to that.
I'm not sold on Demiral and Rugani is just junk. If not TS, then Savic would be my #1. A good defender with experience in Italy.
Agree here. I think "Ibra-ball" would be minimized since we already have a lot of solo, free-role players (Suso and Hakan, the standouts). I'd take TS back, assuming his wage isn't nuts. I'm not sure if he'd want to come back, though. I imagine he might think PSG has a shot to win the CL this season, I dunno.
I am intrigued by some of these rumours even though I doubt they happen :
1. Kessie+cash for Neves.
2. Hakan + cash for Muller+ Boetang.
The two German's could have an affect like Van Bommel did and both fill a desperate need.
Even Musa in Caldara's spot is ok, and have Muller as a SS.
If we can sell Suso and RR for added income for those deals then get squad player's and we can push for EL.
I'd say that midfield is a little awkward. I dunno. If we somehow manage to bring in Boateng, though, I dunno if we even need to switch to a back 3. I think he and Ale would compliment very well in a 2. The problem remains at fullback and who is helping to shield Boa/Ale. Theo is hard working, but not a natural defender, so the space behind him is super exploitable (as we've seen.) Conti played his heart out against Juve with a surprisingly great defensive display, but that's something he's never, ever been able to do consistently, so I think it'd be dangerous to assume he can keep that up. Ben in front of the defense doesn't offer enough protection, imo. Neves would, but only slightly. We'd want someone else who could cover Theo on the left side of midfield and who is comfortable sitting deeper when needed. Tonali comes to mind. He'd be a fantastic player for that position - similar to prime Montolivo/DDR/Ambro, to name recent examples.
I'm skeptical about the Neves rumor. To me, with Doherty and Cody, Neves is one of their unsellables. Wolves are absolute morons if they take Kessie + Cash for Neves. An absolute steal that would be. Mueller, I'm not sure about either. I'd be concerned about his motivation. Some players who have won everything want to win more, others are content in winning everything once. If it's the latter, I'd pass on him.
I'd maybe think about something like this, assuming we have money, renew our current crop, can bring in/convince players to come here:
X - Boateng - Romagnoli - Hernandez
Paqueta - Neves - Tonali
X - Ibra - X
Right back - No clue about Conti/Calabria right now. Solutions: Aurier.
Right wing - Suso is a fodder, Samu can't seem to stay fit/get a run of games, and I've softened on thinking Paqueta could play there. Solutions - Callejon, Muller.
Left wing - Hakan is inconsistent and a beta male, Bona is injury prone and not that good right now anyway. Solutions: uuuuuuuuhhhhh